Research not to be sniffed at

Posted by ap507 at Sep 01, 2014 09:20 AM |
University study sniffs-out smell of disease in faeces
Research not to be sniffed at

© University of Leicester; From L to R: Dr Martha Clokie, Professor Andy Ellis and Professor Paul Monks from the University of Leicester

Researchers from the University have pooh-poohed infectious diseases after developing a new “electronic-nose” to sniff out C-diff in human faeces - known to cause diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps.

Using a mass spectrometer the research team has demonstrated that it is possible to identify the unique ‘smell’ of C-diff which will help doctors diagnose the condition rapidly. The technology could also potentially be used to identify other diseases by their 'chemical fingerprint'.

The research, which has been published in the journal Metabolomics, was carried out by Professors Paul Monks and Andy Ellis from the Department of Chemistry and Dr Martha Clokie from the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation.

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